Recently Friends of Animals awarded four organizations $5,000 each in grants and low-cost spay/neuter certificates to bolster their spay/neuter programs.

Fix Nation’s goal is to reduce homeless cat overpopulation throughout Los Angeles County. The New York City Feral Cat Initiative is committed to solving NYC’s feral cat overpopulation crisis through the humane, non-lethal method of trap, neuter, return. The mission of Long Island Bulldog Rescue (LIBR) is to provide education and adoption services to ensure that all English Bulldogs enjoy long, healthy lives in loving, safe homes where they are provided the life-long care they require. Lastly Yavapai Humane Society promotes and protects the health, safety and welfare of pets in Prescott, Ariz.

“Yavapai Humane Society first received support from Friends of Animals in January 2015. Funds from Friends of Animals have made a big impact in our community,” said Elisabeth Haugan, development director.

The organization’s shelter runs spay and neuter programs to assist the public—specifically, the underserved in the community. In addition its runs a trap/neuter/release program for feral cats in the community called Feral Love and Education Instead of X-termination (FELIX). Through FELIX, it recently assisted a women’s shelter, where residents had been feeding a colony of feral cats.

“The director of the women’s shelter didn’t know what to do, but she knew that they should have the cats fixed. Otherwise they would wind up with more mouths to feed than they bargained for,” explained Haugan. “She contacted our Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic who sent a volunteer ‘trapper’ to the rescue. At the end of the day, all 11 cats from the colony were trapped, spayed/neutered by our clinic at a deep discount, and they returned to their colony at the women’s shelter. The residents were so proud that they had accomplished something good for these cats, and we could not be more pleased to have offered this support, thanks to Friends of Animals’ funding.”